Fairfield Ludlowe girls basketball coach Sarah Huntington had moments of doubt in the opening minutes of her team's season opener against Harding.

"I was actually worried a bit," Huntington said. "I thought we were back on our heels a bit in the first two minutes of the game."

Then Pauline Blatt took over.

Ludlowe's junior forward scored eight of her team-high 18 in the first as the Falcons scored 27 first quarter points en route to a 74-45 rout over Harding on Wednesday night.

"It feels good," Huntington said. "It's a testament to the things we work on in practice is what we were successful in during the game."

Blatt added eight rebounds and three steals and Caroline Pangallo scored 17 points and had four steals as the Falcons are 1-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

"There's definitely room for improvement," Blatt said. "But I think this is a great start."

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Pauline's sister Charlotte Blatt added nine points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Brae Stewart scored a game-high 21 points for Harding.

"She's done a tremendous job with that program," Huntington said of Harding coach Judtih Morisset. "They really

really came out to play."

The Falcons put any fear their coach had to rest with an 18-4 first-quarter run, keyed by Pangallo, and the Blatt sisters. The trio combined for combined for 16 first-quarter points as the Falcons built a 27-12 lead after one.

"I think we all contributed tonight," Pauline Blatt said. "Everyone, either on the bench or on the court, we all played a big role in tonight's win."

Six different Falcons players scored in the first quarter. Every Ludlowe player saw time, which Huntington appreciated. The third-year coach realizes, after losing seven varsity players and returning only two

healthy seniors, how important playing as a team will be.

"It's a tremendous season opener for us," Huntington said. "Everyone got a little time. That's not going to be the way it's going to be the whole year through."

Charlotte Blatt scored six of her nine in the second as the Falcons built

a 45-21 halftime advantage

Pangallo scored nine in the third. The junior scored nine of her points on three 3-pointers.

The Blatts, as well as Sydney Foulk and Trish Auray helped the Falcons' rebounding cause. Foulkand Auray combined for seven boards as the Falcons out-rebounded Harding 38-18.

"I think we played really intense defense,"

Pauline Blatt said. "I think we played intensely."

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Ludlowe 74

Harding 45

HARDING 12 9 12 12-- 45

LUDLOWE 27 18 17 12-- 74


Brae Stewart 7 2-2 21 Amber Crawford 3 2-6 8 Shemeca Thompson 0 0-2 0 Sydney Downer 3 0-2 6 Jamera Buster 0 2-2 2 Lauderly Francois 3 0-0 8; Totals 16 6-14 45

Fairfield Ludlowe (1-0)

Megan Curran 0 0-0 0 Caroline Yates 0 0-0 0 Sullie Desmond 0 0-0 0 Julia Von Ehr 3 0-0 6 Sara Grabowski 2 0-0 4 Sydney Foulk 3 0-0 6 Regan Steed 1 0-0 2 Carolin Pangallo 7 0-0 17 Alex McKinnon 0 0-0 0 Julia Pangallo 0 0-0 0 Pauline Blatt 8 2-3 18 Jane Hooper 0 0-0 0 Alex Poitras 3 0-0 6 Charlotte Blatt 3 3-6 9 Trish Auray 2 1-2 6; Totals 32 6-11 74.

3-pointers: H-- Stewart 5, Francois 2; FL-- C. Pangallo 3, Auray.